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Lincoln on Leadership Symposium Available on YouTube




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For Immediate Release

Doris Kearns Goodwin Lecture Part of Lincoln Bicentennial Inaugural Events

WASHINGTON – The Feb. 11 “Lincoln on Leadership” symposium, featuring Doris Kearns Goodwin, is now available on YouTube.

The video, in five segments, is available online at:

The symposium was organized by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville and led off two days of scheduled events in Kentucky launching the national Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial.

Goodwin, winner of the Lincoln Prize for Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, was the keynote speaker at the Symposium.  A panel discussion followed.

Other inaugural events included A Kentucky Salute to Abraham Lincoln on the evening of Feb. 11, with Bob Edwards as master of ceremonies.  Award-winning actor Sam Waterston and ALBC Co-Chair Harold Holzer performed their acclaimed “Lincoln Seen and Heard.” The Louisville Orchestra performed the world premiere of a newly commissioned musical piece – Lincoln At Ease – by Peter Schickele.  Soprano Angela Brown sang several selections from the new opera Margaret Garner, about a run-away slave. 

The Inaugural Ceremony, scheduled for Feb. 12 at the Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site, had to be canceled due to an ice storm that left the area’s roads impassable.  First Lady Laura Bush had been the planned keynote speaker. A “virtual Hodgenville,” which will give visitors the opportunity to read and listen to the speeches and music planned for the ceremony, will be available on the ALBC Web site next week. 

Congress established the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission to plan educational, public, and legacy programs to mark the 16th president’s 200th birthday in 2009.  Its members, who are appointed by the president and congressional leaders, include political leaders, jurists, historians, and collectors.  The ALBC aims to renew Americans’ appreciation of Lincoln’s ideals of freedom, democracy and equality of opportunity.